Staff Pick

If you wonder why people are buzzing about the presidential prospects of a 37-year-old mayor of a midsize Midwestern city, read Pete Buttigieg’s memoir, Shortest Way Home. Buttigieg may be the intellectually deepest and most thoughtful of the Democratic presidential crop, despite his age. A history and literature major at Harvard and Rhodes Scholar, his deep love of novels comes through as he eloquently traces his roots in South Bend, interest in government, enlistment in the Navy reserves and deployment to Afghanistan, ascent to the mayoralty and, on the eve of his re-election, decision to come out as a gay man. A refreshing voice and a talented Millennial worth watching as he contemplates a run for the White House.

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ISBN: 9781631494369
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 12th, 2019

Staff Pick

American Prison by Shane Bauer is a searing portrait of American prisons and the historic injustices of our system of incarceration. Bauer, a journalist who had been imprisoned in Iran, turned his attention to the privatization of American prisons while reporting for Mother Jones. Hired as a guard (they never checked his background) at a privately-run prison in Louisiana, he surreptitiously recorded his four-month-long experience. His book provides a vivid first-hand account of who he met and what he saw, interwoven with a very depressing critique of America’s long history of using convicts as forced labor for the profit of others. A tremendous book.

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ISBN: 9780735223585
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Published: Penguin Press - September 18th, 2018

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 With all the political books landing in the store this year, The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris is a must read. The first-term Democratic senator from California is a woman, a woman of color, and the daughter of immigrants. Now she is running for president, having shown her political chops in two successful races for California attorney general and then for the U.S. Senate—victories achieved in the most diverse, most complex state in the country. In a crowded field of Democrats, Harris is one who clearly has that intangible “special something.” And that’s why she is already proving to be a formidable presence on the presidential circuit.

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ISBN: 9780525560715
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Published: Penguin Press - January 8th, 2019